September 13, 2022

Words I Despise: Self-Sabotage, Disorder & Crazy.

I’m tired.

I’m tired of fighting the mental health system.

I’m tired of the garbage.

I’m tired of these harmful ways of describing human beings and their experiences.

I’m tired of it all.

I don’t believe in self-sabotage.

I don’t believe people are disorders.

I don’t believe our mental health system has gotten it right when it comes to helping people experiencing emotional distress.

We know there’s no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

We know systems of oppression have a huge impact on people’s well-being.

We know that lack of resources makes life difficult.

So why are we so focused on the individual and calling them mad when responding normally to abnormal situations?

I believe people want to be happy.

I believe people want to feel better.

I don’t believe in garbage, non-scientific interpretations of people.

I don’t believe behaviorism is the path to feeling better.

I believe in finding meaning in one’s life.

I believe in acknowledging that some people have more than others and that systems of oppression are harming people.

I believe the problem is never a person and that people actually are victims of cruel things.

I believe words like self-sabotage, disorder, and crazy are causing harm, not helping us live our best lives.

I believe we can do better when it comes to helping people thrive.



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